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A Message from the President and Chairman

John Cruden, ELI President
John Cruden


Edward L. Strohbehn Jr., ELI Chair
Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr
Chairman of the Board

Welcome to ELI’s Website. You will find a wealth of information about current issues in environmental law and about ELI’s conferences, programs, publications, activities, and achievements.

Explore our website. Attend an on-line webinar on a timely issue of policy importance. Download an article on a recent environmental regulatory action. Contact Brett Kichen at 202-939-3833 or kitchen@eli.org if you have a question.

To introduce you to ELI, we highlight a few of our recent achievements -- all in pursuit of ELI’s vision:

A healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.

Climate Change

Global climate change has been a major focus for ELI. Last year we intensified our efforts in Mexico to educate not only the profession on the effects of climate change, but to educate local communities as well. In February, an ELI delegation traveled to Mexico City, where it led a workshop on environmental damages and scientific evidence for Mexican judges. The workshop was attended by more than 600 judges. The faculty included Supreme Court Justices José Ramon Cossio and Arturo Zaldivar. This workshop, with a program in Guinea, helped ELI’s Judicial Education program reach a new milestone, propelling the number of judges it has trained to over 2,000 in  different countries. In addition, an ELI attorney who is a native of Mexico conducted 11 workshops with rural communities in the Chiapas State explaining the science of climate change, the impacts of climate change in their communities, and methods of adapting their native practices to climate change.

International Programs

ELI made its mark elsewhere in the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. We worked in Nigeria, helping to undertake an assessment of the environmental and public health impacts from local gold mining practices. One attorney worked all year in Liberia, where she was an advisor to the Liberian minister of justice on economic affairs, working to implement the nation’s post-war natural resource reforms. Another ELI attorney is now in Malawi, where she is leading our international water program. That same program brought a delegation of 12 water officials from ministries in Jordan to ELI for a training and study tour designed to help them address legislative reform as part of ongoing water sector restructuring and reforms in the parched Middle Eastern nation.  Later, the ELI President and several other attorneys traveled to Amman, Jordan to conduct a workshop on water issues, meet with local officials, and provide timely advice in a critical area of the world. And in December ELI hosted a delegation of officials from three states in India who came to learn about hazardous waste enforcement in the United States from U.S. EPA staff and U.S. state officials.

Research and Education

On the domestic front, ELI continued its work on leading topics in environmental law, including wind energy, water rights protections, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Supreme Court decisions, hydraulic fracturing, and many others. We do this through our research reports, publications, and our nationally renowned educational programming, with over 80 programs annually. These include seminars, teleconferences, webinars, summer school, and our premier Boot Camps on Environmental Law®. Highlights include a five-part podcast series on hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling, presented in conjunction with ALI-CLE, as well as two installments in our new professional practice seminar series, both of which were very well received . A favorite annual event, the National Wetlands Awards, was held in May in the U.S. Botanic Gardens, where we honored seven individuals across six categories for their advancement of wetlands protections in local areas.


Our book publishing arm, ELI Press, furthered the debate on the environmental impacts of agriculture with the release of Food, Agriculture, and the Environment, in which leading environmental legal scholars Mary Jane Angelo, Jason Czarnezki, and Bill Eubanks undertake an exploration of the challenging political and societal issues facing agricultural policy and modern food systems through the lens of environmental protection laws. This year we released the second edition of a longtime ELI classic, The Art of Commenting. These publications are in addition to the award-winning Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), the most-cited environmental law review in the nation; The Environmental Forum, the leading policy magazine for professional in environmental law, policy, and management; and the National Wetlands Newsletter. Keeping pace with technology, we published our first e-reader, Old Laws, New Tricks: Using the Clean Air Act to Curb Climate Change, a compendium of best writing from ELR to explain the possibilities and pitfalls in using this regulatory framework to address greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants.

Award Dinner

Finally, ELI’s Annual Award Dinner brought together more than 700 members of the environmental profession for a memorable evening. We honored former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Thomas F. Steyer, founder of Farallon Capital Management and a major environmental philanthropist with the 2012 ELI Environmental Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of environmental law, policy, and management. They have worked together providing bipartisan leadership to advance clean energy and reduce climate change and to achieve two major goals. First, they helped preserve California’s “Global Warming Solutions Act” of 2006. In 2010, they led a joint campaign to defeat Prop 23, a referendum that would have, in essence, indefinitely suspended the Act, thereby halting the only U.S. economy-wide cap and trade program to reduce CO2 emissions and abate global climate change. Shultz and Steyer also created the Californians for Clean Energy & Jobs Network. This is a dynamic coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community groups that played a key role in defeating Prop 23.


We appreciate your visiting our website.  To answer your questions about environmental law or to assist you in finding ELI resources of interest to you, please contact Brett Kitchen at 202-939-3833 or kitchen@eli.orgWe would be delighted to help.


John Cruden

Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr
Chairman of the Board